Legislators’ forum urges settlement before election
Beseech NLA to pass similar resolution during winter session
Dimapur, Dec. 7 (EMN): The Nagaland Legislators Forum comprising of present and former legislators on December 7 resolved to request the Nagaland Legislative Assembly to pass a resolution during the forthcoming winter session, to pressurise the Centre for a settlement to the Naga political issue before the assembly elections are conducted in the state.
The resolution along with 3 more was hammered out during the scheduled consultative meeting that was held at Jotsoma according to press release from the chief minister’s office .
The meeting also resolved to place on record ‘its deep sense of appreciation of all positive steps taken by the Government of India and other stake holders so far in seeking to arrive at an honourable and acceptable solution to the Naga Political problem’.
It urged the Government of India and other stakeholders to resolve the Naga political problem well before the next Assembly Elections.
In the resolution it also requested the Election Commission of India to conduct the assembly elections to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly only after an ‘honourable and acceptable solution’ is reached.
CM calls for ‘One vision, one mission, one goal’
The Chief Minister TR Zeliang while addressing the consultative meeting stated that the issue dominating every political discourse since statehood was the Naga political issue and till date, it continues to be the main focus of the government, past and present, and of every political party in the state.
Considering the present moment as the most opportune time for the Nagas and the Government of India to resolve the seven decades old Naga political issue, the chief minister called for ‘one vision, one mission and one goal’ in finding a lasting solution to the Naga political problem at the earliest.
Zeliang also lauded the efforts of the Church, civil society and the various NGOs in facilitating the resolution of the Naga political issue and that with their ‘contribution and co-operation’, the DAN Govt since March 2003, had accorded ‘highest priority’ to the Naga political issue.
‘Efforts at bringing about better understanding between the different NNPGs and drawing them closer to each other has been made while numerous resolutions were passed by the Nagaland Legislative Assembly and other forums to give the right impetus to the Peace Process from time to time,’ he said.
He termed the recent start of dialogue of the six other NNPGs with the GOI as ‘truly encouraging’, and that the credit for bringing the various factions together on a common platform goes to ‘the Tribal Hohos and its apex bodies, the Church, Civil societies[sic], NGOs and the NNPGs.’
He also said that as a way of facilitating the peace process an all member DAN Cabinet led by the chief minister had gone to Delhi to urge for an early settlement of the political issue, especially in view of the assembly elections.
Though the delegation could not meet the Prime Minister owing to his busy engagements the team met Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh; Minister DONER, Jitendra Singh; National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval; Deputy NSA & Interlocutor for Naga Peace Talks, R N Ravi; Secretary to Prime Minister, Bhaskar Khulbe; the 6 NNPGs and NSCN (IM) Leader, Th. Muivah, he said.
Zeliang also said that soon after returning from Delhi, the state cabinet, in its ‘meeting on 11.11.2017’ took a decision to submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the political issue. It was followed by a meeting of the Parliamentary Working Committee (PWC) in which a 5 Point Resolution was adopted.
Zelaing also announced that during the recent visit of the President, Ram Nath Kovind, a representation was submitted ‘portraying the imperative need for resolving the protracted Naga political problem’ before the ensuing State Assembly Elections.
He said, a similar representation will be submitted to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who will be arriving at Kisama for the Hornbill Festival on Dec.8.